For anyone who likes to run, getting outside for a few miles is wonderful. There’s nothing like the feel of the wind on your face, the boost in your heart rate, or the mental clarity gained. The only problem? Like it or not, any time you run alone, you become vulnerable to potential danger. No matter if you’re running when it’s dark, in a secluded place, or in an area where predators could potentially hide, you have to take safety seriously.
Here are a few running safety tips to consider wherever you plan to go.
1. Run with a buddy. Two is better than one when it comes to running. Partner with a friend, and you’re instantly harder to attack.
2. Run with a dog — preferably a large one. If you don’t have a running buddy, run with your dog if you have one. A dog can often sense danger before you can. Not to mention, protect you should a dangerous situation arise.
3. Run during the day. Daylight visibility reduces risks while running. You want to be easy to see so that you’re hard to attack without being noticed. The same goes for highly visible areas such as crowded parks or friendly neighborhoods — the more people who are out and noticing you, the better.
4. Skip the headphones. Listening to music is great, but not if it’s going to prevent you from hearing footsteps on a path. Make sure you're highly alert while running.
5. Arm yourself with running safety gear. Staying safe means planning for potential danger and arming yourself with protection. With that in mind, today’s market includes a variety of on-the-go safety devices — from pepper spray to personal alarms. Choose the device that works best for you, and always bring it with you when you’re out for a run.
6. Vary your route. When you run the same path every day, at the same time, you’re much more likely to go on auto-pilot when running, missing little warning signs for danger. Help yourself stay alert by changing your routine from time to time.
You can never remove all risks when you’re a runner, but those risks can be minimized with a little careful thought. Whether you’re jogging a few times a week or running every morning, take steps toward safety by considering the tips above. When you’re looking for the best in on-the-go personal safety devices, come to SABRE.